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May 7, 2015

What the church can learn from AA

What the church can learn from AA

Alcoholics Anonymous and other recovery programs help turn people’s lives around and keep them pointed in the right direction. They try to help people to keep getting better, take responsibility for themselves, and work to help others change their lives too. That sounds a lot like what the church should be doing too.

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April 2, 2015

A Word from the Pastor: That New Church Smell

A church isn’t a church without its people… and some decent carpet. Fortunately, we’ve got great examples of both right here!

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March 31, 2015

Noticing God in Others

The truth of Genesis 1:27 is that we are made “in the image of God.” We forget that sometimes, so it’s good to remind ourselves: we are made in the image of God. (Even early on a Monday morning, if you can believe it.) What we forget even more often, and in fact rarely ever think about at all, is that everybody else is made in the image of God too. So what difference should that make? Well, a lot, actually.

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February 15, 2015

A Word from the Pastor

Our lives get so full, and our schedules so dictated by distractions, that before we know it, time has passed, kids are grown, things have changed, we got older, and it was all a blur. So the point of Lent is to stop that rush of distraction, and instead, to pause, focus, pray, look around, and notice how God is moving in the world and in you.

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February 9, 2015

Faith like a child (or “Do Babies Dream of Imagined Sheep?”)

Faith like a child (or "Do Babies Dream of Imagined Sheep?")

Jesus said, “Anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it” (Luke 18:17). We often paraphrase that into a reminder to have “faith like a child.” So what might that involve? Well kids are wonderfully imaginative, so should we have a more imaginative faith?

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November 30, 2014

A Word from the Pastor

Like I mentioned in my last pastor’s column, I’ve been learning many fascinating things about Hickory Rock’s history in my research for our 100th anniversary next year. The most incredible thing I’ve learned so far is that I actually have a relative buried in the churchyard. Not only that, but some of my relatives have […]

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November 4, 2014

The times are a-changing, but it’s not so bad

The times are a-changing, but it's not so bad

One of the more popular laments these days is that the country/culture/society/people just aren’t as good as they used to be. There’s usually a line like, “People these days just don’t ________ like they used to.” One example among Christians is, “People don’t go to church like they used to.” Whether you think the way society has changed is good or bad, what isn’t debatable is that church attendance in America has indeed been declining drastically since the ’90s. Should that bother us? And if so, how?

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October 13, 2014

God’s will: you’re doing it wrong? (Because it’s easier than you think.)

If you’re like me, you spend time and maybe even worry trying to figure out what God’s will is. What is God’s will for my life, my family, my church, etc.? Anybody who wants to make their life better–whether in general or in the midst of bad consequences–has probably wrestled with that question. Just what is God’s will?? Well, we shouldn’t really have to ask what it is, because it’s easy to find out. We should just ask how to do it better.

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October 8, 2014

A Word from the Pastor

In our Wednesday Bible Study series “What’s in the Old Testament,” one recent session was about the judges and kings of ancient Israel. We used Samson and David as examples to show that even when a leader was respected and great, he or she could still mess up in a big way that had consequences […]

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October 7, 2014

“You ain’t from around here”: What the Bible says about immigrants

"You ain't from around here": What the Bible says about immigrants

What does the Bible say about immigrants? A lot, actually. So it begs the question: Since there are people who have settled in our community/country, do we treat them like the Bible says to treat them? And if so, what is that like?

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